ACCW convention features workshops and fellowship

| April 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

The St. Paul and Minneapolis Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women will hold its annual convention, “Be the Voice of Catholic Women,” May 1 and 2 at Guardian Angels in Oakdale.

The first day includes Mass with ACCW spiritual adviser, Father David Kohner. Musician Father Jan Michael Joncas, who serves as an artist-in-residence research fellow in Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas, is the main speaker.

Father Joncas also will concelebrate Mass.

Officers will be elected during the afternoon business meeting.

The evening program includes a wine and cheese social, banquet catered by Lake Elmo Inn, and live music. Caroline Brennan, a senior communications officer with Catholic Relief Services, will speak at the banquet.

The convention continues Thursday with a variety of workshops featured in two sessions. Morning session speakers include Patrick Trueman, president and CEO of Morality in Media, based in Washington, D.C.; Father Tom McQuaid, a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago, who will speak about advocacy on behalf of the poor through Catholic Relief Services; and Jason Adkins, executive director of the Minnesota Catholic Conference.

Afternoon speakers include Father John Mitchell, a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, who will speak on ministering to families in crisis, and Father Gregory Mastey, a priest of the Diocese of St. Cloud, who will present “Growing Spiritually Where You are Planted.” Dave Hrbacek, writer and photographer for The Catholic Spirit, will talk about effective communication through a Catholic lens.

Archbishop John Nienstedt will preside at Mass followed by a catered lunch and installation of officers. Both days provide time for adoration, visiting marketplace booths and fellowship.

Register online, or call the ACCW office at (651) 291-4545. Cost for the two-day convention including meals, is $65. One-day attendance is $30, and the Wednesday banquet-only is $20. All costs increase $10 after April 12.

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